On this day in 1970, Mayor Roman S. Gribbs proclaims it “Ken Bell Day” in Detroit.
It coincides with Bell, a popular on-air personality at WJLB-AM 1400, being honored by the Great Lakes region of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers.
Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.